Penn Back Then: Alumni Weekend 2023 (Audio)

As part of our audio scrapbook Penn Back Then, we speak with a diverse group of alums about their time at Penn.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Video by Alex Schein, Brooke Sietinsons, and Ta'Liyah Thomas

What’s your favorite Penn memory? Since 2005, Penn Back Then reporters have been at campus celebrations to capture alums’ notable anecdotes and remembrances for this audio scrapbook. Penn Back Then is a chance to learn about university life across several decades, as told by the people who know it best. From being part of the beginning of Urban Studies to pushing back against racial turmoil on campus, alums here for Alumni Weekend ’23 added their stories to this multigenerational record.

Featured Alumni:

Rami German, C’03, CGS’05

Rami talks about her experience in leadership roles in Onda Latina and how her passion for psychology began at Penn and later became her career.

Carol Jones, CW’73

Carol describes working with Prof. Norman “Norm” Glickman to construct the beginnings of the Urban Studies program before it became an official interdisciplinary program at Penn.

Lauren Phillips Jones, C’93, Denise Fleming Harris, C’93, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, C’93

Lauren talks about connecting with friends and staying connected after Penn, Khalil recalls Black students mobilizing to address racism on campus, and Denise talks about her education both within and outside of Penn during her time in Philadelphia.

Caroline Chen Chow, C’98, G’98

Caroline talks about her fond memories of playing varsity Lacrosse for Penn, being involved in the East Asian community (where she met her husband), and having the chance to study in the College with her younger brother who also attended Penn.

Sydney Mbachu, C’13

Sydney recalls deepening his love for language study while studying Biochemistry in the College.


Click here to listen to more Penn Back Then alumni stories from Alumni Weekend 2023 as well as other stories in our archive.